Frequently Asked Questions
Before contacting the South Asia Institute, please read through the answers to commonly asked questions below:
Can I apply if I have already graduated from university?
Yes, we accept students (approx. 18-22 years old), who are enrolled as undergraduates OR who are recent graduates of university, graduating from a undergraduate program within the past 3 years.
Can I apply if I am already in a postgraduate program (master’s degree, PhD, etc.)?
Yes, we accept students (approx. 18-22 years old), who are enrolled in a higher education program. Students must be enrolled as undergraduates OR who are recent graduates of university, graduating from a undergraduate program within the past 3 years.
I’m turning 18 later this year (August 11-December 31, 2017). Do I still qualify?
Yes, as long as the other criteria is met. This would include already being enrolled in university or the ability to provide proof that you will begin an undergraduate program Fall 2017.
I am older than 22 because of an alternative education timeline. Do I still qualify?
Yes, on a case by case basis as long as the other criteria is met. We realize that extenuating circumstances may have altered your path, resulting in graduating from university outside of traditional age expectations.
If I am currently working and not enrolled as a student, do I qualify?
We accept recent graduates of university, graduating from a undergraduate program within the past 3 years.
If I graduated exactly three years ago, do I qualify?
Yes, as long as the other criteria is met.
If I am about to begin my first semester of university this year, do I qualify?
Yes, as long as the other criteria is met.
If my parents went to a vocational college or professional college, do I qualify?
How do you define “first member in family?”
This refers to the first generation of a family. Family includes adoptive and/or biological members of your immediate family.
If my sibling or cousin is already enrolled or has already graduated from university, am I still eligible?
Yes, the stipulation for “first member in family” refers to the first generation of a family to attend university.
Do I need a TOEFL or IELTS score to apply to the program?
No. While fluency in English is required, shortlisted candidates will only need to demonstrate fluency during a Skype interview and through their written submissions.
Applying to Crossroads
How do I submit my recommendation letters?
Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by the recommender to firstname.lastname@example.org. In their email to SAI, recommenders should put “SAI Crossroads Summer Program” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.
Who should write my recommendation letters? Do they all need to be academic references?
Recommendation letters should offer insight into the student’s academic achievements and their ability to take on challenges. Examples of potential recommenders include a former professor, teacher, or member of an academic institution who has first-hand experience working with the student in an academic setting. While both letters can be academic references, it is also possible for a work supervisor or other non-academic mentor to provide a recommendation.
What should letters of recommendation include?
Letters should offer insight into the student’s academic achievements and their ability to take on challenges.
Do letters of recommendation need to be in English?
Yes, letters must be in English. We do not have access to translation services, and non-English letters will result in an incomplete application.
What should I submit as a transcript if my previous semester grades will not be available until after the deadline?
Send whatever most recent grades are available to you.
Will the program fund my travel and living expenses in Dubai?
Will SAI help me obtain a visa for my travel?
We will supply relevant letters and documentation, but the cost of the visa will be borne by the applicant.
Do I need a passport?
Applicants must be in possession of a valid passport from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka or from countries in the Middle East and Africa.
What if I have dual citizenship from one of the partner countries listed and another that is not?
If at least one of your citizenships is from any of the countries that are listed in the program, you do qualify to apply.
What do I do if my passport expires soon?
Applicants must be in possession of a valid passport from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka or from countries in the Middle East and Africa. Many countries have specific requirements for passport validity, and often require passports to be valid significantly longer than the length of your trip—this can vary depending on your country of origin, as well as other factors. Please check the passport and visa requirements for all countries you’ll be visiting on your journey, and make sure your passport has appropriate validity to cover your whole trip.
About the Crossroads Program
What should I expect from the program? What topics will be covered?
Participants will gain exposure to broad experiences, experience in learning from your peers, and the opportunity to think of your future education and career possibilities. Topics covered will range from the humanities to social sciences and the pure sciences.
Will the program provide support for a subsequent graduate school application process?
Can applicants re-apply next year?
Yes, as long as they still qualify.
The application deadline has passed for this opportunity.